Events explore women in space science


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Women who have made significant contributions to space science will be the subject of several Women’s History Month events at the University of Louisville.

    “Empowerment: Making and Shaping History” features film screenings, discussions and talks. All events are free and open to the public.

    • March 16, 7 p.m., Strickler Hall: The Louisville Astronomical Society presents Pam Platt, chief storyteller for The Exomedicine Institute, which is developing methods to perform cutting-edge medical experiments in space.
    • March 22, 6 p.m., Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium: Reception followed by a screening of “Hidden Figures,” a 2016 movie based on the book of the same name about the team of female African-American mathematicians who worked at NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
    • March 23, 6:30 p.m., Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium: Back-to-back screenings of “Women in Space,” from the PBS series “Makers: Women Who Make America,” and “Sisters of the Sun,” from the National Geographic series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” will be followed by a facilitated discussion and question-answer session.
    • March 24, 4 p.m., Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium: Louisville native Sophia Mitchell, an aerospace engineer, will discuss the future of space exploration.

    While all events are free, preregistration for the planetarium events is required. Check the planetarium website for more information.

    The event is co-sponsored by the planetarium, the UofL Women’s and Gender Studies department, the UofL Women’s Center, the American Association of University Women UofL Chapter, the Society of Women in Physics and Astronomy UofL Chapter and the Louisville Astronomical Society.

    For more information, contact Paula McGuffey, assistant director of the planetarium, at (502) 852-5855.


    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.